“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
- Toni Morrison
I love this quote from Toni Morrison. As a reader, when that right book appears that speaks to the present moment in my life, the discovery can be such a joy. Conversely, when contemplating a new endeavor or dealing with a troubling situation, it can feel isolating not to find the words in print that speak to my situation.
Writing allows us to explore our interests and the questions that challenge us. What are some of the situations, questions, and subjects you’d like to read about, but haven’t seen in a book?
Make a list of them. For the next five days, spend 20 minutes a day researching books that deal with the topics you listed. Use search engines, the library, and your social network to seek out books that hit on those topics in some way.
Take one idea that interests you. Read the books that mesh with your chosen interest. How would you approach the topic differently? Write it down. Talk about characters, setting, form, research sources, and genre. Go deeper. Repeat this process until an idea sticks with you. However much you try to put it aside, the idea still interests you. Soon you may be onto the idea for your next book.